10/22/2014 10:14:43 AM
A student's learning does not end at the school bell. Even though a child spends most of their time outside of the classroom, educators can keep students engaged by offering high-quality after-school programs to extend the learning day.
After-school programs provide students with important learning opportunities outside of their classrooms, said Governor Dayton. They also provide safe and secure environments for children, until their parents or other adults return home from work.
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed October 23 /governor/assets/Lights%20on%20Afterschool%20Day_tcm1055-114240.pdfLights on Afterschool Day, connecting Minnesota to a national celebration of after-school programming. More than 90 after-school programs throughout the state will host events on Thursday, and in recognition of this, the lights on the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge and the Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis will glow gold tomorrow evening. The iconic Empire State Building in New York City will shine with the same color that night, connecting the Midwest to celebrations across the country.
This will be the 15th annual Lights on Afterschool celebration, which is organized by The Afterschool Alliance, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of after-school programs and advocating for more investment in them.